Q I was denied SSDI in Boston for gout because I did not meet the listing. I’m not able to work. Is there anything I can do?
We are sorry to hear you received a denial. Fortunately, you still have options available.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) denied you because you did not meet the specific listing for gout. However, you still have the option of showing that your symptoms prevent you from performing your duties at work, working in a position that requires fewer physical demands, or going back to a previous job.
To do this, you need to submit a residual functional capacity (RFC) assessment.
Preparing Your RFC for Gout
The RFC is the form that is used to show how your symptoms impact your daily function, and your ability to work. When they examine your RFC, your Social Security case reviewers look for things such as:
- Symptoms that prevent you from walking short or long distances
- Symptoms that prevent you from performing sedentary tasks, such as typing or writing
- Symptoms that prevent you from standing for extended periods of time
With this information, the SSA will whittle down the list of jobs you could perform. This would include not only your current position, but also any positions that relate to your past experience—even from an earlier job. They would also take into consideration how each job interferes with your ability to go to work, perform at work, and contribute reliable results.
If there are no jobs left for you to perform, then they will approve your application giving you the benefits you need. Likewise, if you experience limitations in your productivity by over 20 percent, you could be considered disabled.
The appeals process is not always easy, but it does offer you hope after a denial. If you would like help with filing your appeal, we encourage you to reach out to our office. Our skilled Social Security disability attorneys know what the SSA is looking for, and how to increase your chances at receiving the money you deserve.